July 6, 2022
By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
Tesla teased a solar powered range extender trailer at the IdeenExpo in Germany. The trailer features an array of solar panels that can extend outwards when stationary.
The trailer also features a Starlink satellite dish attached on top of the trailer. Twitter user tesla_adri shared images from the expo below.
The unit has nine 300W solar panels that can generate up to 2.7 kW, when fully extended and one-third that amount when the solar panels are folded in.
Although it seems that Tesla does not intend to start production of this product for sale anytime soon, this trailer would be especially useful for camping.
The trailer can continually power the attached Starlink satellite dish, providing constant internet access and can also serve as a charger for small electronic devices.
Additionally, solar panels could charge the battery of an electric vehicle, although it is not clear how much range they would provide. It has also been confirmed by Tesla employees that there is no internal battery storage.
This wasn’t the only display from Tesla at the expo. The automaker also brought out a cutout Model Y with a structural battery pack and 4680 cells.
Tesla also showed off a Giga Berlin-made Model Y Performance, displaying the instant torque and raw speed of one of their fastest vehicles.
Tesla is at the "IdeenExpo" in Hannover.
They brought a solar range extender trailer with Starlink.
And a Model Y with the 4680 structural battery pack.
Next to the Tesla stand is the VW stand. There are apparently more VW employees at the Tesla stand than Tesla employees. pic.twitter.com/8IHxLI5ukW
— Tesla_Adri (@tesla_adri) July 4, 2022
July 6, 2022
By Alex Jones
“Above the Fray, You Have No Fear Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Channeling his inner-Sun Tzu, Elon Musk recently admitted that he is undeterred and unaffected by any car manufacturers currently producing electric vehicles.
Instead of focusing on the direct competition, he appears to have set his sights on the most valuable company in the world (as determined by market cap).
Viewing an oil company as his direct competition is no accident. Rather than focus on the threats of a Sony/Honda partnership, domestic challengers like the Ford Mustang Mach-E (which was praised by Musk in 2019), or the steadily improving European EV products like the VW ID.4 or more expensive BMW iX xDrive50, Musk has chosen to instead focus on businesses that operate in direct contradiction to his views on climate change.
Congratulations on the Mach E! Sustainable/electric cars are the future!! Excited to see this announcement from Ford, as it will encourage other carmakers to go electric too.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2019
An ardent climate change advocate, Elon Musk (and Tesla) have spent the last 16+years developing products that reduce or eliminate the need for reliance on fossil fuels.
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